1. Energy Packed Oatmeal


    ¼ c Steel Cut Oats
    1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder or Vanilla
    ½ c Blueberries
    1 tsp Cinnamon
    1 Tb. of Chia Seeds & Hemp Seeds – optional


    1. Cook steel cut oats according to package directions.
    2. Mix in blueberries, protein powder, and cinnamon. Makes 1 serving.

    Printable Recipe – Click Here

  2. Green Smoothie


    1-2 c Spinach or Kale
    ¼ c Berries
    ½ Banana
    1 Tb. Chia Seeds
    1 Tb. Hemp Seeds
    1 c Water, Almond Milk, or Coconut Milk/Water


    1. Place all ingredients together in a blender.
    2. Blend until smooth then enjoy. Makes 1 serving.

    Printable Recipe – Click Here

  3. My Blunder

    1916609_10208486276140007_6262359462314618655_nWhat kind of person are you, early or late to your appointments?

    Me? I tend to run behind and get there on time … usually.

    My husband on the other hand likes to get everywhere 20 minutes early (with a book or crossword puzzle in tow to kill the extra time). While admirable, I’ve been unable to adopt his good habit.

    Recently, I bought a couple of tickets to hear “Heaven & Earth: The Art of Listening” at TAMUCC’s Performing Arts Center for Tuesday evening at 7:30. Btw … I am not a “night” person.

    I have to take measures toward self-care to stay out late, especially on a week night. I had to stop working early, take a nap and scheduled one of my team to train my 6 am group class the next morning.

    I agreed to leave the house BEFORE 7:00 pm to get to the concert 20 minutes early like my husband prefers. It was a date night after all.

    We arrived in a good frame of mind looking forward to our evening. I went to the ladies room.

    When I came out John was motioning to me with a forefinger beckoning curl and a halfcocked grin on his face. He thanked me? For the first time in our marriage I had managed to arrive somewhere early …



    John asked if I would like to go get a flu shot instead. I went along with the suggestion because suddenly I was all dressed up with nowhere to go.

    I hope you enjoyed my blunder and that as we all age, perhaps you could relate.

  4. Garden Fresh Salad

    Garden Fresh SaladA big salad peppered with fresh veggies is one of the healthiest things you can serve up for dinner. Here’s a new, tasty salad recipe to try…

    The best salads are a cornucopia of fresh vegetables, with little added fat. This salad combines some of the garden’s tastiest veggies and is dressed lightly with no added oils. Serve with a side of lean protein for a healthy, vibrant meal.

    Servings: 4

    Here’s what you need…

    • 4 eggs
    • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
    • 1 cup curly endive
    • 1 cup dandelion greens
    • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • ⅛ cup red onion, thinly sliced
    • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
    • 1 packet Stevia
    • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 1 Tablespoon raspberry vinegar


    1. Place the eggs in a pan of water; bring to a simmer for 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Crack the eggs all over, and then place in a pan of cold water for one minute. Remove from water, peel, and slice. Set aside.
    2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 4 minutes. Rinse in cold water then set aside.
    3. In a large salad bowl combine the endive, dandelion greens, tomato, onion and pepper.
    4. In a small bowl combine the Stevia, lime juice, garlic, Dijon and vinegar. Mix well.
    5. Coat the salad with the dressing. Top with asparagus and sliced egg.

    Nutritional Analysis 

    • One serving equals: 119 calories, 5.5 fat, 137mg sodium, 9g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, and 8g protein.

  5. Build a better bottom

    video snapHere’s everything you need to know to shape up your bottom for the summer season. Keep reading for the essential exercises that target your glutes to give it the shape and tone you’ve been wanting.

    Build a Better Bottom Exercise #1: Hip Lift
    A great exercise to work your glutes is the hip lift. To do this exercise, lie on the floor with your back flat, knees bent, and feet resting on the ground. While keeping your arms at your sides on the floor, lift your bottom and lower back off of the floor. Hold for a few seconds, and then slowly lower yourself. Repeat. To work your muscles even more, lift a leg in the air when you raise your bottom off the ground. Lower yourself and then repeat, lifting the other leg.

    Build a Better Bottom Exercise #2: Leg Lift
    To do a leg lift, lie on your side and prop yourself up on your elbow. Raise your top leg slowly into the air, as high as you can, so your legs make a “V” shape. Hold for a few seconds, and then slowly lower your leg. Repeat 10 times, turn onto the other side, and lift the other leg.

    Build a Better Bottom Exercise #3: Banded Shuffle
    This is a great exercise to get your heart pumping and to work your bottom. To do this exercise you’ll need an elastic sports band. Stand up straight with your legs hip-width apart and tie the band around your lower legs. Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor, your back is straight, and your abdominals are tight. While in this squatting position, take several steps to the left, then several to the right. You may need to use your arms for balance, but your butt muscles should feel it the most.

    Build a Better Bottom Exercise #4: Plié Squat
    Another form of squat is the plié squat. If you don’t have an elastic band, this is the exercise to add definition and shape to your bottom. Start by standing with your legs slightly more than shoulder-width apart and your toes pointed out to the sides. This is what ballerinas call the plié position. For balance, hold your arms in front of you. While keeping your back straight, slowly squat to the ground until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold this for five seconds and stand back up. Repeat 10 times.

    Build a Better Bottom Exercise #5: Lunge
    A fifth exercise that targets the muscles of your bottom, thighs, and hips is the lunge. Putting one foot out in front of the other, lower your body toward the ground, keeping your abdominals tight and your torso straight. Lower until the front knee is bent at 90 degrees and not extended past your toes. Stand back up and then extend the opposite leg and bend. Perform 10 repetitions. For an increased workout, hold dumbbells in each hand.

    Build a Better Bottom Exercise #6: Run or Walk
    Running or walking outside or on the treadmill are other great exercises that work your bottom while giving you a cardio workout to burn fat at the same time. Make it your goal to exercise 30 to 45 minutes at least three times a week, including walking or running each time.

    Burn, Baby, Burn! These exercises are excellent ways to burn extra fat off your body while adding the definition you desire. Not used to working your gluteal muscles? You’ll definitely feel the burn the first few days, but the end result will be worth the effort!

    If you’re serious about transforming your body then call or email today to set up a consultation with me. Together we will create the perfect program that will quickly get you into the body that you deserve.

    Don’t wait – call or email today to get started.

  6. Finding My Right Balance

    Every few weeks, we meet as a staff and very much like the newsletters I’ve been writing to you, I chose to speak to them honestly, openly and personally with trust that a Power greater than myself will guide our conversation.

    I suggest we begin our time together with a guideline using the following 3 questions.

    1. Where are you now?
    2. Where do you want to go?
    3. What do you need to help you get there?

    Where am I now?

    Recently, in my own sharing with the staff, I explained my desire to be a better supervisor at Your Personal Best Training Studio. I have a small staff and clearly define their responsibilities to the best of my ability. I give them the right of decision and authority that is equal to the responsibilities they have.

    I want us to balance working cooperatively with one another without doing each other’s job. I give them the right of decision and the authority to carry out their responsibilities because if I had to make all of the decisions they would just be “rubber stampers.” I want to treat my staff (the way I want to be treated) with dignity and respect. Knowing that this, in and of itself, fosters loyalty and trust.

    For various reasons and circumstances in my life, learning to trust again and to foster an atmosphere of trust is a huge leap of faith for me. If I ask myself, “What is the worst thing that can happen to me if try something new?” … I realize the worst thing I can think of is usually something that has already happened before and I start laughing. To “think” of a worse thing would be making stuff up in my head, it would freeze me in fear and I would not take the actions necessary to reach the greatest amount of people with regard to health and fitness.

    I know this as my truth because living a fear based life is how I rolled for years without really knowing it.

    Where do I want to go?

    I want to continue to adopt and practice my spiritual program of recovery that has given me a new set of principles to practice in all my affairs. Just as these principals have the power to heal me emotionally, to unite me with you on a more personal level and have helped fulfill my purpose of helping others adopt a more healthy lifestyle; I believe they can also help me enjoy a more fulfilling life of spending quality time with my family and friends and to become a business owner where people really want to work.

    What do I need to help me get there?

    I need to live and work in a culture that embraces the following example of guiding principles that I could live with, such as:

    • Passion and Commitment
      Love what you do—fitness and health are a way of life, we want to share and inspire
    • Attract and Train the best team
      Staff is the heart of a successful service business
    • Motivate, Challenge, Celebrate, Appreciate
      Set big audacious goals, make big things happen, applaud successes
    • Communicate and Listen
      The more we know the more we understand, the more we care
    • Respect and Care
      Work together as a team; always speak positively of one another in private and in public. If I have an issue with a team member I will address it in private with the person directly. I will never gossip.
    • Ownership
      Be responsible for all your actions and all you do.
    • Wow Clients
      Give them more than they expect
    • Control Expenses
      Be a wise steward will all company resources
    • Continually Improve
      Ever learning, ever growing, personal development
    • Share Profits
      Everyone should share in the success of the business
    • Partner and Contribute
      Give back to the community and always act with integrity

    My husband, John and I have a RV and plan to some long get-a-way weekends. John is retired and I told him, “I’m ready to practice taking off occasionally”. Today, I have much gratitude for a staff and client base that help me to take care of myself as I strive to serve them and the many clients whom I consider “Under My Protection and Care”.

    Have you been waiting for something to change before you bring back into balance that healthy YOU that longs to really feel good again? You’ve just had an inside peak at the heart beat of my training studio. If you feel this could be a safe place for you start a program of physical recovery, give me a call today, 361-549-4604 I would really like to meet with you.

  7. Things to Do and Not to Do

    Like many of you, I can really have a tendency to get overwhelmed by being overly responsible and NOT just during the holidays. It seems there’s always so much to do. It’s hard for me to tell people no and I can teeter on the edge of feeling more cray-cray than usual when I take on too much!

    Since very young, I was convinced that I had to take care of everything and everybody —with a not well family, I didn’t know what my choices were. Today, with the help of my recovery program I have learned that, while I do have responsibilities, there are also many things I do not have to do:

    I don’t have to understand everything. My brain doesn’t like not knowing or not understanding things. It will even go so far as to make stuff up to feel satisfied that it IS indeed in the know.

    Some things are not my business, and other people, places and things may simply never make sense to me.

    I don’t have to be reluctant to show my feelings. When I’m happy, I can give in to it! When I’m not, I can turn to my recovery friends (or trusted others) who help me with acceptance, perspective and to grow through the tough times.

    Three years ago, I knew more about what you were feeling than I did myself. Learning how to feel has become part of my recovery and it is great not bottling that stuff up inside me anymore. My preferred method of identifying my feelings is through journaling and a call to a trusted other, sharing what I’ve written and listening for perspective.

    I don’t have to feel threatened by the future. I can take life one day at a time. I can be a wife one day at a time, a mother, an employer, a professional and anything I want to be ONLY one day at time. This is SUCH a relief to me. The God of my understanding is in the here and now. This is where I want to live.

    I don’t have to feel guilty about the past. With the help of 12 little Steps, I can make amends to God, to myself and to others and learn from the mistakes I have made. Forgiveness has truly been mine all along.

    I don’t have to feel alone. I can go to a meeting, or pick up the phone –there is always a trusted other or professional to reach out to. I have truly learned to enjoy my own company over time, I like to sew, walk the dogs, read and write.

    I don’t have to take responsibility for other people’s choices. They have their own Higher Power to help them make their decisions. This includes especially my family. They have their own God and I am not It!

    I am learning to say what I mean and not say anything in a mean way.

    I don’t have to give up on my hopes and dreams. My Higher Power is not limited by my lack of imagination.

    What is on your “Things-not-to-do” list? Are you overly responsible for others as I have been?

    As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”

    With each day there is a chance for a new start, is there something you could stop doing so you can start taking better care of yourself? Do you need to exercise, eat better and feel better?

    I can help you. My studio is full of passionate and caring trainers, clients and laughter. We work hard and get results. Here’s my phone number 361-549-4604.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  8. I am not just my body …

    lisa_wright-9045Thank Goodness I Am Not Just My Body!

    My staff and I recently updated our professional photos for marketing purposes. This photo is an untouched proof that came through our email today and I was SHOCKED at all of my wrinkles!

    Do you look in the mirror or have a photograph taken of yourself and LIKE what you see?

    Dang it, I know I’ve hit the double nickel this year, I know I spend a lot of time in the sun with all my activities and I KNOW I’m still too stubborn to dye my hair. Seriously WHEN did I start looking my age?

    Now I’m going to do what I do best and change the subject when I start feeling uncomfortable … follow me if you can.

    Mind Body Spirit Connection and Weight Loss

    There are many diets on the market, exercise programs, diet pills, etc.… years ago my training studio staff and I put together our mission statement and core values with the help of a trusted professional. One of our core values “Unity”reads as follows:

    • At YPB we all embrace the same fitness philosophy, share knowledge and strengths with one another and create a united team in support of our clients’ balance of mind, body and spirit.
      • We promote a community of clients and trainers focused on mutual trust and interconnectedness.

    Unity seems to supports the truth I’ve come to know beyond the physical body. My journey has led me to believe we are not just our bodies! As stated in a previous newsletter… I also believe we have a responsibility to our body.

    I have sought a deeper meaning in life, always. Through time and a discipline of prayer, study and meditation, I have learned to access within my physical form a place where love vibrates, radiates and is transforming my life’s most true intent.

    I most certainly should exercise and eat right … this is logical to me yet still hard to do. Beyond logic (my mind thinking) into the depths of my being resides a Power greater than myself that seems to affect my relationship with others, with exercise, with food and all things of this world, like no other. Nothing has ever made a greater impact on my practical and spiritual life.

    Just as I have learned to exercise daily, eat right, take a bath, brush my teeth, wear my seat belt in a car and a helmet riding my bike, so I have learned to turn my attention inward twice daily. The practice of sitting in silence, allowing my thoughts to rise, not dialoguing with them and gently turning back to my heart center has brought a freedom and peace that can only be the fruits of this practice.

    So you want to lose weight?

    In my experience, lighten your mental load first. I may have gone to extreme and competitive measures to look good on the outside for much of my life but it was all I knew how to do and I wasn’t happy.

    Your insides are yours to work on; if you want some help with your physical condition, call me at 361-549-4604, my staff and I would love to work with you in our loving, caring, non-judging and safe studio environment.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  9. Tides of Change

    Early summer 2015, my staff and I attended a business Summit in Phoenix, AR in preparation for our Functional Aging Specialist exams. I really connected with the doctors there, especially Dr. Dan Ritchie. Something about him just spoke to my heart and I decided to lay down a considerable chunk of money and hire him to be my business coach for a year.

    Uncomfortable with change

    At first, working with Dr. Ritchie, felt like a lot of busy work with emphasis on just making money. Numbers, numbers, numbers! I’m used to counting reps back and forth from 15 and hiring others to help me with the rest. I was definitely being pushed out of my comfort zone and had a meltdown. I had to reach out for help to unscramble all my mixed emotions.

    Learning to ask for help has been difficult for me. Oh sure, I have help with my house, mowing the lawn, etc… The kind of help I’m talking about can’t really be bought with money. It’s the kind of help that comes from being in the trenches oneself. So, I’ve had to learn to ask for help when it comes to my mental and spiritual health. I pay it forward when others come to me for help and my life is better because of this.

    For the past couple of weeks, you’ve been receiving a great fitness newsletter from me on Tuesdays. Up to two other times during the week, I’ve been writing a more personal newsletter, sharing a bit about myself, my struggles and what makes me tick.

    Too many newsletters

    I received a tip one day from a trusted colleague who suggested, “Too many emails turn people off and they will unsubscribe.” This really wasn’t news to me because I had the same concern when I committed to writing two personal newsletters per week for 5 weeks last year.

    Self-doubt began to creep in. I started obsessing and worrying. Fortunately, I met with Dr. Richie one Tuesday and he reminded me that what I do by vocation is very personal. People want to know the person they may consider trusting their body, health and fitness to. If I’m honest about who I am, it will come across in what I write. What I have to sell as a Fitness professional is a very personal service, different from some other small businesses.

    Learning about honesty

    When I made the decision to re-invest my time and money in my personal training studio, I began to review all my previous efforts and among many, these stood out:

    • I have almost 400 blogs on my website that are mostly just a bunch of words, saying what I thought you wanted to hear. I even hired others to help me write these blogs. Only about 10 or so were straight from my heart with regard to who I am and how I think and care about you.
    • I also have almost 400 videos on my YouTube channel. Many are “How to” videos, testimonials from clients and again, others of me very uncomfortably trying to say what I thought you wanted to hear or me just being silly.

    I had to correct some things in order to learn to speak to you from my heart. I know some of you will not resonate with what I share and may unsubscribe. Others will and have encouraged me, beyond measure, to keep telling my stories because they are relating to the “me” that works at her job with the passion of having been in the trenches.

    Being honest; of course I want you to try my studio or come back if you left. Of course I want you to call me today, NOT unsubscribe and tell everyone you know about how I want to help them with their fitness! Here’s my personal cell 361-549-4604, should you decide to ask for my help.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa-Newsletter-Pic.jpgLisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS
    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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  10. Gratitude and Keeping an Open Mind

    This past year, my training studio celebrated the success of about 70 of my clients, their guests and my staff in a couple of client appreciation luncheons.

    It was great to see everyone in real clothes, groomed and with make up on, laughing and sharing a meal together.

    I presented the cover of my new book while we were together and reserved a copy as a gift for everyone in attendance. It occurred to me how blessed I am because of them and how much I am growing into the woman I believe God wants me to be.

    Keeping an Open Mind

    Things usually work out for me when I approach my physical, mental and spiritual well-being with an open mind. Miracles have not happened in my life overnight; it has taken years to create the happy, joyous and free situation in which I find myself today.

    For my own good, I must approach my well-being with an open mind, ready to receive and to accept new ideas. Then, for my own good I must apply these ideas to my life.

    Listening and Learning

    If I approach my well-being with a tightly closed mind, ready to criticize what I hear, it is as though I am holding a teaspoon under Niagara Falls in an effort to quench my thirst.

    On most days I keep myself receptive and listen. I used to be quick to judge and say: “Yes, but my case is so different.” The details of my situation may have differed, but basically my story is the same as any of yours who struggle now or have struggled with making a change in your life.

    Many days I must cling to this one thought: My well-being CAN change – If I give it a chance.

    A Change of Desire

    Of myself, my very best thinking caused some of my worse physical conditions, emotional drama and spiritual despair. I thought I could change according to my desires, but when solutions came, I found it was my desire that had changed.

    I make progress daily if I pick up even one small new idea that I hear someone say or that I read. Things have often not worked out in my life the way I wanted them to, but as my point of view changed, what I thought I wanted changed as well. My ultimate contentment is no longer as dependent on having things work out my way.

    My hope for today is to always offer a healing helpful message to all who care to listen and I pray to be able to hear the good in all that you say to me as well. Many of my clients allowed me to share their video testimonials at these luncheons. So it’s not just me, it’s a “WE” who are changing lives one body at a time.

    If you find yourself in desire of change today and I can help in anyway, please call. My cell is 361-549-4604. My staff and I are said to be the best Fitness Professionals and Functional Aging Specialists in the Coastal Bend. We know a bit about changing bodies for the better.

    Yours in Health and Fitness,

    Lisa G. Wright, CFT, FAS

    Your Personal Best Training Studio
    Owner/Director of Operations
    (361) 549-4604
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